Maggie in Tacoma, WA

This adorable tricolor girl is Maggie. She found herself in need of a new home after her owner’s living situation changed.

If there was one word to describe Maggie’s time in rescue it’d be “blossoming.” Over the last several weeks, she’s slowly come out of her shell and is now a very happy and playful pup. Her foster family enjoys being a part of Maggie’s journey and helping her relearn how to be a dog and love her life.

Maggie is 6 years old and a petite 11 lbs. Her foster family describes her as playful, affectionate, and curious. She’s fascinated by all the wonders of nature and enjoys exploring the yard. She’s become very playful and will play-bow and want to play tag now. She particularly likes to play-fight on the foster family’s bed during their nighttime routine.

Early on, Maggie would sit next to her foster family but not on their lap and very rarely gave a kiss. Now, she’ll get onto their laps to cuddle and is giving kisses more frequently. She seems to be trying out new behaviors as she trusts them and their dogs more. They suspect Maggie’s true nature is more playful, energetic, and even potentially social than they first thought.

Maggie is getting more interested in the small dogs in her foster home. They are mostly quite calm, but she will follow their lead for adventures barking at the door. She also likes to lie next to them. We think she’d like to have a well-behaved small breed dog companion in her new home. She loves to be outside in the sun and enjoys leisurely walks on trails.

Maggie enjoys partaking in sessions of zoomies after eating her meals. When she’s playing, it’s clear she’s really happy and joyful. Sometimes she looks a little crazed when she plays and that makes her foster mom laugh out loud. Her happiness is infectious and foster mom can tell how happy Maggie is to have medical treatment, love, safety, and some freedom in her life.

Maggie recently saw the neurologist and they said it’s likely she has caudal occipital malformation syndrome (COMS) with secondary syringomyelia (SM). Maggie has some of the classic signs and symptoms of these conditions such as neck scratching, neck sensitivity, and yelping. She’s currently taking two medications: gabapentin three times a day and omeprazole once a day. She has improved on these medications and the scratching is less and less as time goes on and she no longer yelps.

Maggie’s a little uncoordinated and initially had some difficulty with stairs but now she’s able to use them without issue. She occasionally licks the air and this is either a nervous habit or could be related to COMS/SM. She is up to date on her vaccinations and microchipped. She’s housetrained but isn’t great about giving signals to go potty so she does need regular trips outside. She prefers to sleep in the big bed with her people.

Maggie is best suited to live with adults who can take her on walks outdoors in nature versus busy places. She’d like a calm home with a stable daily routine. She does not want to live with rambunctious dogs or children. We think she’d like to have a small dog companion, and she should be fine with dog-savvy cats. She enjoys a quiet lifestyle with the few people she loves and trusts.

If you live within 3 hours of Tacoma and would like to adopt Maggie, be sure to complete the online application (if you haven’t done so previously) and then email rescue coordinator Melissa Cincotta at so she knows to consider your application. You can read about our adoption process at the following links: FAQ & Process
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  • Color: Tricolor
  • Age: 6 Years
  • Weight: 11 lbs
  • Sex: Female
  • House Training: Reliable but not good about giving signals
  • Health: Presumed COMS & SM. Takes gabapentin and omeprazole
  • Temperament: Playful, affectionate, and curious
  • Recommendations: Adult home, fenced yard, low alone hours, another small dog
  • Location: Tacoma, WA
  • Region: Western
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: SPOTLIGHT